Maybe it was the hangover from the night out before (and the morning of the day) celebrating my birthday, but Moby at the Roundhouse was very, very disappointing. Should I really have expected anything else? Maybe not. This is after all a rather dull man who makes rather mundane music, that more than often gets used to promote mundane products aimed at mundane people and their mundane lifestyles.
The audience was very much that “look, we’ve paid out on a babysitter so we’re gonna let our hair down tonight right” crowd. The type of person who maybe has a couple of these “dance” acts on their i-Pod. Filed alongside Groove Armada, Faithless and put on a playlist that’s good to work out to at the gym or jog to etc.
I’m no longer a fan of Moby as you can see. Maybe 15 – 20 years ago there was some appeal, but so much as moved on since that his sound is irrelevant. I don’t even know what that sound is. On the night it varied from poppy dance music, of a kind you would play at a 8 year old’s party to weak acid jazz and a horrible cover of ‘Whole Lotta Love.’
Also when a performer is reduced to taking photos of the audience (rather then blasting their minds) throughout the encore you know things are not right.
Lets remember this and only this from Moby…
4 new songs. 1 hour of Attack Music.
Listen: These New Puritans – Hidden
Listen: alva noto – summvs
And some live footage…(not from Brighton)
Listen: Ugly Duckling – Journey To Anywhere
Carl Cox? Laurent Garnier? At The Zap club? On a Monday night? A school night? Doors open 10.30pm?
This is clearly one of the reasons why I left University education early.
Another ticket, this time from February 1993. Sultans Of Ping FC at the Brighton Centre East Wing. My least favourite venue in Brighton at the time. It was basically a medium sized conference room minus the chairs and whiteboards with a stage at one end.
Support was from a band called ‘King Onz’ ? Anyway that was what I wrote on the back of the above ticket. If I remember rightly they were wearing American football style shoulder pads and platform boots.
I cannot remember anything about the Sultans. I’m sure they played all the hits. They would have been touring the ‘Casual Sex In The Cineplex’ album and every track on that is a winner.
The band still seem to be around today, but sadly there are no tracks on Spotify to share. There was a time when the ‘Casual Sex’ went for quite a high price on CD via eBay so I never held on to any copies I had.
However there are plenty of clips on YouTube, including this interview from Rapido circa 1992 and the classic “Wheres Me Jumper?”